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Vol. 6, No. 8 April 2002
Contents

Company News
•  Australia's Genetic Technologies Secures Genomic Mapping License from Sequenom
•  EU Approves Compumedics' Sleep Disorder and Heart Disease System
•  Alchemia in Drug Discovery Collaboration with Belgian Firm
•  Progen Research Receives Scholarship Funding
•  Unigene and Shijiazhuang Pharmaceutical Launch Calcitonin Product in China
•  Dr. Reddy's Launches Prostate Cancer Drug
•  Cipla in Talks with US Firm on Marketing and Manufacturing Alliance
•  Lyka Hetero to Franchise Marketing of Old Brands
•  Onconova to Seek US Approval for Cancer Drug Trials
•  Takeda Chemical to Build Plant in Ireland
•  McDonald's Japan to Resume Chicken Nugget Sales
•  Mitsubishi Chemical Sets up Medical Ethics Think Tank
•  Pulmuone and Takara Agri to Provide Unique Mushrooms to Korea
•  US VaxGen to Establish Joint Venture in Korea for AIDS Vaccine
•  Genesis Launches Second Round of Psoriasis Drug Trial
•  Wyeth Launches Pharmaceutical and Nutrition Plants in Singapore
•  Taiwan's Biowell Moves into New Headquarter
•  TaiGen Uses CART Technology to Develop New Drug
•  Schmidt Scientific Taiwan to Manufacture Skin Asepsis Products for Greater China

Rules & Regulations
•  Australia Gives Green Light to Stem Cell Research
•  China to Draft Biosafety Law
•  Flawed Policies No Way to Fight AIDS
•  Japan May Allow Artificially Conceived Children to Identify Biological Parents
•  Domestic Stem Cell Creation Approved in Japan
•  NZ Bans Xenotransplantation until June 2003
•  Singapore Advisory Committee against Paying for Tissue Donation

Research News
•  Liver Malfunction in Elderly Can Cause Strokes
•  Research Shows Indoor Types More Likely to Contract Melanoma
•  Study Shows Chinese Genetically Prone to Contract AIDS
•  Japan Scientists First to Make New Benzene-Silica Material
•  Love of Outdoors Link to Giardiasis
•  NZ Men More Likely to Suffer Hearing Loss than Women
•  Scientists Welcome Latest Draft Sequences of Rice Genome
•  Doctors Search for Parkinson's Disease Genes
•  Researchers Develop New Bone Substitute
•  Taiwan Hospital Achieves Breakthrough in Infertility Treatment

Alternative Medicine
•  Chinese and Vietnamese Scientists Discuss Modernizing Traditional Medicine

General Information & Statistics
•  China Made Great Stride in Biotechnology over Last 15 Years
•  First Asian Biotech Summit to be Held in China
•  International Biotechnology Exhibition to Kick off in Beijing
•  Sino-Canadian Bioscience Lab Set up in Xinjiang
•  China Join Hands with Russia, Belarus and Ukraine in Science and Technology
•  Hong Kong, Taiwan and Mainland China Urged to Cooperate in Bio-Pharmaceutical Development
•  India Seeks More US Funds for Farm R&D
•  Incidence of Pulmonary Disease Diagnosed as Asthma High in India
•  Japanese Biotech Industry Seeking to Establish Ties with Europe
•  Korea Spends Half the Agriculture Budget to Subsidize Farming Sector
•  NZ Biotech Sector to Overtake Meat Industry in Eight Years
•  Singapore and Japan Strengthen R&D Ties
•  Biotechnology in Asia 2002 to be Held in Singapore
•  Singapore Sets up New Infectious Diseases Center

Trends and Prospects
•  Rising Asthma and Allergy Rates Puzzles Researchers
•  Drug Firms Face Rocky Growth

Patent News
•  Prima Secures Two US Patents
•  Sanofi to Sue Dr. Reddy's for Generic Version of Plavix
•  Monsanto and DuPont Settle GM Seeds Disputes

Calendar of Events
•  A comprehensive listing of upcoming biotechnology conferences in Asia-Pacific


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